Rain and bad light bring early end to day three

Having conceded a first innings deficit of 164, Somerset were 113 for four in their second innings, still trailing by 51, when bad light and rain brought an early close with no play after tea.

The pitch is still good to bat on and much will depend on skipper Tom Abell and Steven Davies, who made 86 in the first innings, and were 11 and 15 not out respectively when play was called off.

Having dismissed Surrey for 433, Somerset lost Marcus Trescothick (1) in the last over before lunch when he drove at Sam Curran and edged to third slip.

Opener Ed Byrom was dropped on nine at slip by Kumar Sangakkara off Jade Dernbach but he and George Bartlett put on 53 for the second wicket before Stuart Meaker took two wickets.

Bartlett (28) had just driven Meaker through the covers for four when he was lbw to one which skidded onto his pads as he shaped to play into the leg side.

James Hildreth’s dismissal 15 balls later for 11 was almost identical as Meaker worked up a good head of steam.

Skipper Gareth Batty then removed the obdurate Byrom for 39 with a ball which turned past his defensive bat out of the rough and knocked back the off bail.

Earlier, Sangakkara had raised his aggregate in 13 innings to 1,407 runs at an average of 117.25 before he was out for 157. The Sri Lankan tried to smear Abell’s medium-pace through mid-wicket but got a big top edge and Jack Leach, running from backward point, held on to an excellent catch. Sangakkara faced 238 balls and hit 20 fours and a six.

He shared in a seventh wicket stand of 99 in 26 overs with Rikki Clarke.

Clarke was run out by a direct hit from mid-on by Bartlett and Abell trapped Batty (5) lbw before Trego finished things off by bowling Meaker for a duck. That gave the all-rounder figures of 5 for 67, his best in the Championship since he took seven for 84 against Yorkshire at Taunton three years ago.

After play was abandoned for the day Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “We are obviously behind the eight ball. The difference so far has been Sangakkara’s knock. I thought we stuck at it with the ball yesterday and again this morning but it was a wonderful innings by him. It was beautiful to watch. He’s got nothing else to prove in the game and it’s a great to see a player of his quality go out at the top. He’s had an unbelievable career and it was a great sign off.

“George Bartlett and Eddie Byrom showed some fight but I felt we were on the back end of a couple of poor decisions, but that tends to happen when you are scrapping and fighting.

“With Middlesex winning and Yorkshire looking strong it’s all going to go down to next week. We’ll fight and scrap tomorrow to try and get the extra five points from the draw.”

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